I’ve been working on the mental side of my training – interrupting negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones, etc.
As I read other people’s accounts of their IRONMAN one very consistent theme is having times during the IM when finishing seems impossible. That especially interests me because one of the things that I’d like to get out of this experience is improving my ability to examine and challenge what I perceive as my limits to see if they are real or self-imposed.
So I’ve decided to start building up an “impossible bank.” As I’m noticing my negative thoughts during training and replacing them with positive ones, I’m also noticing when it pops into my head something is impossible (for example – there’s no way that I can do this whole hill without resting, there’s no way I can maintain this cadence up this hill, there’s no way I can maintain this speed for this whole interval, there’s no way that I can swim this distance today without using my rest stroke etc.)
As soon as I have the thought, I decide to do the thing that seems impossible. So far, I’ve completed the thing each time. I may not end with a perfect record, but I’ve already had quite a few times when I did something that I thought I couldn’t do.
In this way, I hope to build an “impossible bank.” A bank of times in training when I did something that I initially thought was impossible. That way, when I’m in the IM and it doesn’t seem like I can possibly do it, I’ll be able to remember how often I’ve been wrong about that.
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